JOIN THE LEADING EVENT ON STUDENT LIVING IN EUROPE
“The Global Student: Building Bridges over Growing Barriers” – the theme of The Class Conference 2017 envisioned the European student living sector as a source of unity against a growing divisive political discourse emphasizing borders and differences.
The Class Conference 2017 provided a stage for communities to come together, share ideas, and ultimately build an ecosystem for talent. For the full review, click here. Next year’s conference, which will be focused on the revitalisation of post-industrial sites into ‘urban campuses’, will be held in Milan on November 14th & 15th ,2018.
Programme subject to change.
Karin van der Ven
Duarte d'Eca Leal
Luis Rebelo De Andrade
Miguel Santo Amaro
Niels van Deuren
Carel van Houte
Peter van der Hijden
Remy van de Gaar
Frederico Serras Gago
Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho
Walter La Gamma
Exhibition spaces for The Class Conference 2017 are sold out. If you wish to have more information please contact Pauline at
Convento do Beato
Rua do Beato 48
The Best In Class Awards 2018
Nominees will be notified on November 3rd and will receive a dedicated e-mail promotional footer to share with their network. Deadline for submission is October 31st at 11:59pm.
We highly value time-efficiency and transparency, therefore each award will be judged by the same jury whom will represent a specific sector, as non-partial and non-eligible for an award. The Class Best Start-up Award has a separate, specialized, jury. The Class of 2020 will put forward three nominations to the jury, whom will later decide the winner for each award. For every category, all nominees will be made public as a possible winner. A majority vote from the jury will decide the winner. The jury members, not eligible to be nominated, will be revealed soon.
All nominated start-ups will be invited to do a pecha kucha presentation during our Annual Conference on one of the plenary stages. A panel of seasoned experts will give coaching and constructive feedback. This pitch will gives the participant the opportunity to engage with over 600 prospect clients, investors and partners.
Jury start-up award
This year, we have increased the number of categories so that more people can apply and have the opportunity to share with us one of their projects.
I - The Class Best Start-up Award
“An award recognising a start-up that develops a product or service that enhances student life, plus the transition to a working career, in a unprecedented manner. The winner of this award breaks barriers and turns bold ambitions into reality.”
Max: 20 people working for the start-up
Not collected more than €1M funding
Exists for not more than 5 years
Founded on the European Continent and UK
In PropTech, EdTech, and professional development
What problem do you solve? What needs do you meet?
Quality of service provided
Stakeholders engagement ( internal and external stakeholders)
What makes you stand out? How are you different from the other companies existing on the market?
Scalability and Sustainability of your Start-up
/! The flight ticket will be refunded (up to 200 euros), the lunch will be provided and the entrance ticket offered.
(Only one person per start-up).
II-The Class Outstanding University Housing Office Award
“An award recognising excellent collaboration between operators and housing offices, particularly in regards to better providing a home for students.”
For whom? University housing offices.
User satisfaction (supported by user experiences)
Efficiency: guarantee beds for international students
Implementation of a Residence life program
Ability to work with public and private
III- The Class Best Property Innovation and Sustainability Award
“An award recognising newly developed student residences that push the boundaries of how we live. This award focuses on sector innovation, from smart ways of construction to the long-term sustainability of a building, spaces and/or facilities.”
For whom? Builders/developers/architects.
Project that is innovative and forward thinking
Incorporates sustainability in the DNA of the property
Encourages and/or supports its residents in living in an eco-friendly way
IV- The Class Outstanding Residence Life Initiative Award
“An award recognising residence life managers who have created initiatives that significantly increase and improve social activities, awareness for mental health and the inclusion of peers. This award is for those who championed a project or initiative that really adds to an unforgettable student experience.”
For whom? Operators/Residence life professionals.
A project or initiative that advocates the integration of students amongst one another
Focuses on student behaviour and success
Is an initiative set up by a Residents’ Life Manager and/or the residents
V- The Class Best New Student Housing Development of the Year Award
“An award recognising the student accommodation, opened in the past year, that exemplifies the ideal space for student living. The winner of this award will be a residence that, through its design and care for details, gives the greatest potential to students’ ability to learn, develop personally, and form lifelong memories.”
For whom? Developers.
Student housing development opened after 1 July 2016
Provides an optimal experience for students
Project is innovative in the use of space
Project contributes to social engagement amongst residents
Project encourages engagement with the local community
VI- The Class Best City Talent Attraction Award
“An award recognising city leadership, economic development schemes, and/or city marketing programmes that have made a terrific impact in the attraction and retention of young talents (both as students and young professionals) to a city.”
For whom? City leadership officials.
Innovativeness of young talent attraction / innovative attraction scheme
Stakeholder management (with companies, universities…)
Branding: City marketing campaign to attract new young talents
VII- The Class Best Operator of the Year Award
“An award recognising a housing operator that provides the best quality of living to the residents it serves. This operator will have gone the extra mile, ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.”
For whom? Operators (Public and Private).
1) Satisfaction rate
2) Innovativeness of the concept, the services and the facilities
3) Community building
VIII- The Class Best Co-Revolution Award
“An award recognising a company that pushes the boundary of how we think about working and living together. The winner of this award has successfully brought different communities together in a way that redefines the way we work, live and play.”
For whom? Developers, operators.
1) Innovative concept on co-lving, co-working, entrepeneurship and learning.
2) The way it leverages public/private partnerships
3) Impact on local communities
IX- The Class Best Goodwill Initiative Award
“An award recognising the ones that went above and beyond for a better world.”
We are looking for goodwill initiatives that promote the inclusion of (young) people with distance to the perfect student experience.
Projects that empower people to reintegrate back into the society and make a difference themselves!
For whom? Individuals, collectives, initiatives that serve a goodwill purpose.